WAOW | Indonesian Liveaboard - Far East

  • Guests 20
  • Rooms 10
  • Restaurants Al-fresco dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Mix of international & Indonesian dishes.
  • Facilities60m long, 24 crew
  • Diving 4-5 dive guides, max 5 divers per guide
  • Diving Extras Available
  • Internet Access Available at a surcharge

About WAOW

WAOW takes space, excellence and luxury to a whole new level in Indonesia. This is a vast liveaboard offering itineraries in some of Indonesia's most exciting dive spots. Launched in April 2012, WAOW builds on years' of diving experience and everything you could ever want has been put on board for your complete comfort. If you want the very best, then make WAOW your next Indonesian diving liveaboard.

No detail has been forgotten in the design of WAOW. There are only 9 cabins on this vast vessel. The 6 deluxe cabins are twin or double bedded and probably larger than the largest cabins on most other boats. The 2 Superior cabins include a lounge area in each cabin. And the vast master cabin also has a private sundeck. All of the cabins have private bathrooms with shower, separate WC and air conditioning, desk, entertainment system, LED lighting and each cabin has a day bed which can sleep a 3rd person if needed. Each cabin is dedicated to an artist (Gauguin, Miro, Klimt, Kandinsky etc) and decorated to suit.

WAOW has undeniable wow factor and it is not just in the cabins. The saloon area has plenty of space for lounging around. Head up to the sundeck to find a sunny or shady corner. Enjoy the view as you sail between the myriad of tiny islands and reef tops that pepper the seas. The onboard massage therapist will help you while away an hour (paid locally). Or grab a windsurf or fishing rod for your down time between dives. There is a dedicated camera room for charging and storing the all important photographic kit. And the dive deck is expansive, with more than enough space for everyone.

Master Suite

The MASTER suite of 45m2 with it's spacious Lounge & Sundeck (35m2) furnished for private use, is located at the rear of the upper deck. A totally luxurious cabin. Fully equipped bathroom.

Deluxe Cabin Double

6 DELUXE cabins are located below the main deck, each of 24m2 and with 2 portholes each. Fully equipped bathroom.

Deluxe Cabins Twin

6 DELUXE cabins are located below the main deck, each of 24m2 and with 2 portholes each. In 4 of the cabins the King size bed can be converted into 2 separated single beds. Fully equipped bathroom.

Superior Cabin

2 SUPERIOR Cabins , located at the rear of the main deck, of 21m2 each, equipped with a King-size double bed (not convertible), large windows and a semi private shaded lounging area. Fully equipped bathroom.


2012-04-24 09:26:47

Super highly motivated team with great determination and good attitude, working in perfect discretion. Bravo for all you've done already, continue in this right direction and good luck to the WAOW.


2012-04-24 09:26:27

The maiden cruise surprised with the accomplishment reached by WAOW and the great service already on board. Congratulations. Very high level, far above all our past experiences. It was really a great experience to participate in the first cruise with this exceptional and experienced crew. Our best wishes for the future and I will be delighted to return on this magnificent WAOW.


2012-04-24 09:26:04

Thank you! Congratulations to all the crew who were always attentive, very safety conscious and always smiling. Perfect service, good briefings, great guides. All the best for the future! We will hear of WAOW worldwide


2012-04-24 09:25:40

.. Thanks for this exceptional moment spent with you on board our WAOW. This beautiful boat that brought us safely to these magical places in Indonesia remains in my mind "full sail". Thank you to two lucky owners who, through the realization of their common dream, allowed me to participate in this fabulous expedition. All the best in the continuation of this great adventure.


2012-04-24 09:25:14

First of all a beautiful boat, impressive, majestic. Dive guides so gracious, smiling and competent. Jerome, with whom I had the chance to dive, is a great professional, multilingual, knows his job on the tip of his fins. Kay supervises and trains all the staff, all the little details are considered, outstanding service and very professional. In short, both form the "Winning Team". Hats off! Beautiful and appropriately priced. Conclusion: The WAOW is without any doubt the most beautiful dive boat on which I had the chance to sail. It has everything to become a world standard live-aboard. Huge congratulations to all for giving life to this beautiful baby and long life to WAOW!

Frequently Asked Questions


Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 18 000 islands. It is the largest archipelago in the world straddling the Equator, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Most travellers will enter Indonesia through Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) or Manado (MDC) airports. This is the stuff of divers' dreams. This exotic nation is the very definition of bio diversity. Find the big fish in Komodo, Raja Ampat or Kalimantan. Drift lazily along the walls of Bunaken and Wakatobi, watching turtles on coral drenched walls. While away the hours hunting for miniscule macro in Bali, Lembeh or Ambon. Cannot decide? Why not combine two locations into a single trip!

Weather and Climate

Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugley variable. The topography means that weather patterns can be very localised. This is the tropics! For Bali, Komodo & Wakatobi the weather is usually best from April - November, with July and August being some of the best months to visit. Between December and March the conditions can be a bit stormy. November to April is also the wettest month to visit Bunaken, Lembeh and Kalimantan but to a lesser degree than in other locations. October to April is historically the most popular time to dive in Raja Ampat.


Flight options

As standard, our holidays to Indonesia are quoted with London departures. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific (40kgs hold allowance), Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Gaurda. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.† If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Indonesia, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.


With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from Indonesia. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here


Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here


Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly


You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.


An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here


Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in your Indonesia destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.


If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in Indonesia and run frequently. The major hubs of Jakarta, Bali and Manado all have separate terminals for domestic and international departures. Just follow the signs to move between international and domestic terminals. The service has improved vastly, but there can still be last minute schedule changes. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage must be paid for in Indonesian rupiah and costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.


At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.


Included in your holiday


Dive instruction, crew gratitude, dive and photo equipment rentals and purchases must be settled on-board prior to departure.


Crew gratuities (as a usual guideline, guests normally pay 10% of the cruise fare) are also additional expenses.


Acceptable methods of payment include: US Dollars, local currency, travellerís checks, or credit cards (Visa or Master Card). There is a credit card surcharge. Personal cheques are not accepted.

Phone coverage

Intermittent and depending on location. The boat have a saltelite phone for Emergencies.

Plugs and electricity

The electrical current on WAOW is 220 volts. Guests may wish to bring a converter for the use of small appliances in their room. The standard current in all of Indonesia is European 220 volts.


Hire equipment



All courses must be prebooked and are paid for on board.


WAOWoffersa selection of clothing and souvenirs.


Nitrox available for a surcharge


Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for WAOW is £1000. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.†

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

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